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"The Way (feat. Mac Miller)" (CD Single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this catchy single from Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande is full of teeny-bopper lust and some mildly suggestive lyrics, but is basically good, clean fun. Emulating R&B and pop stars from the '90s and early '00s like Mariah Carey and Destiny's Child, Grande belts it out like a diva, while rapper Mac Miller breezes through a verse about wanting to watch movies and "explore" with a girl he's "got some feelings for." The song is just a bit out of reach for the target age of Grande's show, Victorious, and is more appropriate for older tweens.
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What's the story?
Ariana Grande, the 19-year-old star of the Nickelodeon tween comedy Victorious, is looking to get into the pop music game with this playfully seductive first single from her forthcoming debut album, Daydreamin'. The track features a guest verse from rising rapper Mac Miller, while the video finds the two dancing, flirting, and kissing as Grande sings "I love the way you make me feel," and Mac encourages her to "hit me on my celly."
Is it any good?
Catchy and groovy with a party vibe and hip-hop sound, this song is perfect for older tweens and young teens falling in love -- or something like it -- for the first time. While the lyrics aren't particularly memorable or profound, they reflect a time of innocent passion and the excitement of raging hormones. Grande is a strong singer with a nice soulful voice, while Miller's flow is natural and inoffensive. The production is solid and simple, reminiscent of Beyonce or Aaliyah or any number of pop and R&B idols from a somewhat-bygone era.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Ariana Grande. She's following in the footsteps of other young television stars, like Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus, who have branched out into music careers. What do you think of this sort of screen-to-stage transition?
Why do you think Grande collaborated with up-and-coming rapper Mac Miller on this song? Does featuring a boy and a girl change the dynamic of the song?
Why do you think Grande chose to release such a relatively edgy single given her popularity with kids and young tweens?
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